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Project information

Support for older people to live independently.

The Centre is intended for people over 60 who are isolated by reason of location or disability. Our main aims are to reduce isolation and provide support to people be included in a community project that encourages activities that promote physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

December 2017 - December 2020

Charity information: Halstead Day Centre

Halstead Day Centre logo
  • Need


    Approx 70% of our services users live the small rural villages, therefore may feel more isolated from community involvement than their urban counterparts. Many are self neglecting, due to living alone and isolating themselves mainly because they don't have the support or means to become involved. Some are malnourished and are not looking after health issues or keeping themselves clean. Depression due to loneliness quickly sets in and links to wider community services soon deminish.


    Over the years The Day Centre has listened to our service users and what type and range of support they want to help them remain, with dignity in their own homes if they wish. We have identified that provision of transport and support to leave their homes with support to access a project in their own community, with people who are facing the same issues due to being isolated and in some cases forgotten. All our activities address these problems and help us act on them positively.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce isolation for older people to access a community project.


    » By providing accessible transport to and from their homes to The Day Centre, as well as transport to other health appointments.

    What success will look like

    By keeping daily records of those people that attend. The service users have their own committee. quarterly meetings and satisfaction surveys are completed regularly.

    Aim 2

    To provide activities that enhance their quality of life and independent living needs.


    » By providing support and encouragement to attend a community project with people who are facing the same issues due to age ore isolation.
    » To provide a shopping & bathing service to help them maintain dignity and self respect.

    What success will look like

    Reports from family, friends and the service users themselves. Daily contact with the service users and personal records.

    Aim 3

    To provide carer relief especially for older family care givers.


    » By providing a regular break by reason of day care for their cared for person.
    » By providing bathing and stimulation , affording carers time for themselves.
    » By discussing with the carer the type and range of help they need to keep themselves healthy.

    What success will look like

    By speaking to the carers, asking questions on how their cared for is at home after being here, and the maintenance of their cognitive ability.

  • Impact


    People who attend The Day Centre will be included in a project designed by them to suit their personal needs. They will have the opportunity to make friends and activities that provide mental and physical stimulation. They will have a 2 cooked meal and beverages. They will taken be for outings and most importantly they will not be lonely. Their health will be monitored and recorded on personal files. We demonstrate this by the need for The Day Centre for 37 years.


    As a registered Charity we have always tried to be prudent in our fund raising strategy. The manager continuously seeks out funding opportunities from grant giving organisations and local fun raising activities. We look for 2 or year funding opportunities to help us secure the provision of our service. All our statutory funding was stopped 2 years ago putting us in a very vulnerable situation, but, we continue to be positive for the future.


    6 monthly reports and up dates on our progress. doner's are always welcome to visit at any time and see for themselves the excellent work and success The Day Centre has achieved over the years .

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £143,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £110,500 Salaries Paying staff
      £8,700 Ambulance Ambulance running costs
      £16,000 Premises Premises costs
      £5,200 Admin Admin expenses
      £1,200 Beach hut/ costs Beach hut costs
      £1,000 Material/equipment Material/equipment costs
      £800 Lunches/beverages Lunches/beverages

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Greenfields Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
    29th May 1961 charitable trust £3,000 Guaranteed
    Fees £68,000 Conditional
    Local fundraising £3,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The Day Centre is located in the small town of Halstead Essex. Our catchment area includes approx 16 rural villages, many of which have little or no services and minimal access to transport, due to location or type of disability. 70% of our service users live in the villages making their chances of experiencing isolation issues greater than their urban counterparts.


    The Centre is intended for people over 60 who are isolated from their community by whatever reason. Our activities are broadly preventive and cater for a range of different needs and abilities. Some of the people who come to The Day Centre do not see another person other than a carer for more than 15 minutes in the morning and the same in the evening and that depends on care needs. Older resident cares also benefit by reason of day care for their cared for providing them with a break.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Day Centre has been providing activities for older people for 37 years. During that time we have assessed just what older people want and need to remain as healthy and independent as possible in their own homes, but, also have the means to leave their homes and interact with other people. The Centre owns its own building specially adapted for older people, we also own and maintain 2 minibuses, all purchased by fundraising activities and Lottery funding.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Veronica Harman

    Fund raising manager and manager of staff and volunteers.

    Frances Fearn

    Care coordinator. Manages all personal records of services users, visits potential services users and manages activities.

    Ray Rivers

    Driver/handyman. Ensures the safe journeys of the service users to and from their homes. Maintains the busses, and jobs around The Centre.

    Pam Hughes.

    Worked a administrator for 15 years. Now a volunteer. She volunteers 1 day a week and is the chairman of the service users committee.